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Old 04-17-2014, 05:43 PM   #1
 
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aussie's Quiet Pond

I finally decided to keep a journal of tank, hopefully i can just keep it up to date!
It is a 246L/65G corner pentagon tank which houses fish from Asia and South America.
So right now the stocking is:
- 20 guppies (most are babies)
- 4 silver angelfish
- Trio BN (with fry)
- 3 Kuhlis
- A Clown Loach
- A Buenos Aires Tetra
- A Neon Tetra
- A Platy
Yes, I know not the best stocking levels! Basically I took over the tank and had to work with what I got - besides the angels, they were my own addition!
Here is what the tank looked like when I first got it - just minus the angels...

Now:


Liking the new substrate? I just did the water bottle method, super easy and didn't have to wash the play sand at all! However, I did leave a bit of gravel, a) for texture and b) for the bacteria...

The water levels are:
Temperature: 28C/82F
pH: 6.5
dH: 9
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 10ppm
I do a 10% water change weekly from my tank water - as it has a low pH, unlike the tap/do't have to use dechlor. That is why the pictures are like blackwater, however, in person you can see it.
Any suggestions, comments and critz?
Beside stocking levels - as it is out of my control - and getting rid of the clown loach to the FS, I can't as my dad doesn't want to and would "kill me" if I did...
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Old 04-23-2014, 04:22 AM   #2
 
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I was going to say the clown loach needs a much bigger tank, huge filtration, and friends. The guppies should go too. That would ease the load a lot. Good luck.
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Old 04-25-2014, 12:02 AM   #3
 
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I was going to say the clown loach needs a much bigger tank, huge filtration, and friends. The guppies should go too. That would ease the load a lot. Good luck.
Thanks!
Do you think I should get rid of all the guppies? Or just some? Most of them are babies and only 4 - 6 I would count as adults...
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Old 04-25-2014, 01:24 AM   #4
 
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The tank looks really nice! I love the before/afters.
Personally, I'd like to do away with 1 sex of the guppies. They're really easy to breed and if your angels don't find them yummy, they may just overtake your tank. If you find a pet or fish store that is willing, you could trade them for some more tetras to give the tetras you have a family ;)

I keep reading many aquarists recommending clown loaches and saying they grow very slowly. Well, you'd grow very slowly in an environment not fit for you as well. But if your loach is really small, you maybe able to get away with him until he reaches about 3-4". That's just my personal comfortable opinion.
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Old 04-25-2014, 01:28 AM   #5
 
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I just looked up that water bottle method. That's a neat idea! I would of never thought of doing that when converting to sand from gravel. I would of had a lot less work that way. lol
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Old 04-25-2014, 03:57 AM   #6
 
nice tank mate. And yes, I have to pass everything I do by my parents, so I know what you mean when you say the stocking is out of your control, you cant just go down to the lfs and get rid of fish or get more, without first convincing your parents, which is often hard, lol. But tell your parents how big the clown loach gets and that they need to be in groups, and they should understand. Just tell them its like keeping a mouse in a matchbox. cheers, Jim
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Old 04-25-2014, 03:59 AM   #7
 
Oh, and I love how you have hidden pvc pipe under the rocks and sand, neat idea! I'll have to try it sometime.
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:05 AM   #8
 
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I would take out the platy, the clown loach, the guppies{keep a favorite male or two if you can't part with them} and work on getting a few more tetras. The angels should be your main focus. They are going to get big and territorial.
I love the corydoras. They are very cute together when you have several. You might consider them. I found some baby longfin panda corys and they are really cute. Another fish that is pretty, but does not reproduce as readily are clown killifish. They can take up the surface area.
I would also suggest that you increase the size of your water change.Good luck with whatever you decide.
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:38 AM   #9
 
^^^^^ good advice, , and yes, IF YOU CAN then increase your tetra numbers to at least 6 per species.
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:44 AM   #10
 
I would do 30% water change weekly, thats what I do on all my tanks as a minimum, on heavily stocked or large fish (eg large cichlids, large catfish, plecos) I do 50-60% every saturday. Some times I do several small water changes through the week in addition to the the main water change once a week. I also tend to heavily plant my tanks, which helps with water quality.
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